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PSC Foster Campbell Says SWEPCO and CLECO Bills Going Down Due to Federal Tax Cuts

Average SWEPCO customers will see their monthly bills decline more than $13 per month for the next three months due to lower federal taxes paid by SWEPCO, according to Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.

An average SWEPCO residential customer using 1,282 kilowatt-hours will receive a credit of $13.62 on their August, September, and October electric bills.

Extending the benefit, average SWEPCO bills for November 2019 through July 2020 will reflect reductions of $3.03 each month.

The overall impact is a reduction of $24.4 million for SWEPCO’s 231,000 Louisiana customers. Exact impacts for customers will be based on their individual consumption.

For CLECO, Campbell said that average customers will see their monthly bills decline more than $12 per month for the next 12 months due to the same reason.

 

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DeSoto Police Jury Honors Employees; Approves Budget Amendments

On Monday, July 8, the DeSoto Parish Police Jury began their Board meeting by presenting Achievement and Service Awards to two employees. Robert Evans and Lynette D. Taylor were both recognized for 5 years of service with the Jury.

New Business items including the Discussion of the 2019 Road Program Construction Schedule and Update on the Detention Center Repairs were deferred to next month’s meeting due to the absence of Parish Administrator Steve Brown and Juryman Jeri Burrell.

The Krewe of Demeter had been approved for $15,000 by the Budget and Finance Committee at the July 1 Committee Meeting with a unanimous vote by members Greg Baker, Ernel Jones, Rodriguez Ross, and Charlie Roberts, with the committee chaired by Jimbo Davlin. It seems after that meeting and sometime before the July 8 meeting, Ernel Jones rescinded his vote and the item was not placed on the agenda for the full Jury to take action.

 

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LEAP Results are in: DeSoto Parish Students Shine

This week the Louisiana Department of Education publicly released the results of the 2018-2019 LEAP 2025 assessments. DeSoto Parish Schools led the state in overall improvement in the percent of students achieving mastery and above in grades 3-8. When including high school students, the district ranks 2nd overall across the state.

“The hard work of our teachers and administrators was evident as our students improved toward the new goal of mastery,” said Superintendent Clay Corley.

Mansfield Elementary School, under the guidance of Principal Brittany Anderson, led the district in assessment performance growth and percentage growth of students reaching mastery and above. “Our entire faculty and staff are deeply committed to our vision of building a strong foundation at Mansfield Elementary School, and the data shows that we are on the right path for accomplishing our vision,” said Principal Anderson.

 

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LSP Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

Louisiana State Police – Troop G has reported that on the morning of July 6, 2019, the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations was contacted by the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office (DPSO) and the Mansfield Police Department (MPD) to investigate an officer involved shooting incident involving their departments.

Preliminary investigation reveals that at approximately 10:00 a.m., MPD officers attempted to stop the driver of a suspected stolen vehicle in Mansfield. The driver refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated with the assistance from DPSO. During the pursuit, the suspect struck a DPSO vehicle and a MPD vehicle. At some point during the encounter, officers discharged their firearms striking the suspect.

 

 

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DRHS Holds Ground Breaking for Zwolle Rural Health Clinic

DeSoto Regional Health System proudly announced that a groundbreaking celebration for their new Rural Healthcare Clinic took place on Friday, June 28th at 10am. Todd Eppler, CEO- DeSoto Regional Health System (DRHS) served as Master of Ceremonies. Invocation was led by Brian McNew with McNew Architecture. Remarks were given by Mayor Pie Martinez and Town Council Member Martha Henderson. Other attendees included: Members of the DRHS Board of Directors: Deborah Dees, Johnny May, Stephen Flanders, Richard Wilkinson, and John Freeman; Joel Bianca (Citizen Bank), John Bradly (Integrity Builders), Chris Sooter (Integrity Builders), Rafe Eubanks (Integrity Builders), Dr. Peter Lau and Kimberly Rials, FNP.

 

 

 

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DeSoto Mourns the Death of Longtime Tourist Bureau Director, Edna Thornton

On July 2, DeSoto Parish became a sadder place with the loss of long time DeSoto Parish Tourist Bureau Executive Director Edna Rae Thornton, who had retired from that office in the latter part of 2018. Affectionately known to many residents as “Ms. Edna”, she was a friend to all and a stranger to none. She was a native of Oil City, Louisiana, but considered Mansfield her home. She dearly loved DeSoto Parish, its history, attractions, and people.

Edna’s face was a familiar one all over the parish as she attended all Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings and Open Houses whenever a new business or facility opened its door. She was always there, usually in her chosen millinery for the day, eager to help promote and welcome them to DeSoto Parish.

 

 

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Hot Air Balloons Return to Desoto Parish July 14

Colorful hot air balloons will be flying and landing at the C. E. “Rusty” Williams Airport on Sunday, July 14 from 4 to 10 pm in Grand Cane, Louisiana.

The excitement of these vibrant hot air balloons is a sight to see for the entire family. This is a free event sponsored by the DeSoto Parish Police Jury.

 

 

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Keeping Cool with Kool-Aid in Logansport

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DeSoto Waterworks Holds Open House at Filtration Plant on Toledo Bend

Tours were conducted on the hour from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 at DeSoto Waterworks District 1 plant, which is located at 100 Water Plant Road (Circle Drive Rd), just off of Hwy 191.

In September 2017, the Louisiana Department of Health awarded a $2.31 million loan to DeSoto Parish Waterworks District 1. The loan was made through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, and improvements that were made to Waterworks I’s system were directly funded by this loan to help the district improve its drinking water system. In addition to the loan, the DeSoto water system also received a grant from the Drinking Water Capitalization Grant that pays for the first $462,000 of the loan (principal forgiveness). Neilson said that the balance of the loan would have to be paid back throughout a given time frame.

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Fifth Annual Rickey Warren Memorial Fireworks Show to Light Up Logansport’s Riverfront

One of the annual events that is most anticipated in our area is the Annual Rickey Warren Memorial Fireworks Display on the banks of the Sabine River in Logansport.

This year marks the official fifth year that DeSoto Fire District 1 has delighted throngs of people that are drawn to DeSoto Parish and Shelby County to view the spectacular pyrotechnics show. DFD 1 Interim Chief Mark Magee said that the show is scheduled for 9:00 p.m., but could be a little later as they wait for complete darkness in the nighttime sky to fully showcase the exhibition. The event is completely free, but donations are gladly accepted and appreciate. The fireworks show is an annual gift from DFD 1 to the community to commemorate our Nation’s Birthday , and is completely free, with no admission charge.

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